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Tuesday, March 16, 2004

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Go Oilers Go

Lets start by saying im a university student that owns a 96 grand am v6 with 255km on it with an engine light that never goes off.

I also live in edmonton alberta where last week the temp was -42c without windchill.

my roommates own a prelude, infinity g35 and a saab (all older models).

to make a long story short I was the only one who got to work that morning and i never even plugged her in.

Eddie Jaguar

No matter the parent company - its about people that actually make this car. So despite the fact that the Ford company purchased the Jag, it will still continu its quality traditions.

Jmomo

Continued from below: A young girl that works for me drives cars her dad gives her because her dad is a mechanic and he works only on foreign cars. She drives these hondas and acuras to work for a little while with 180k on them and they aren't around long and they break. HEAD GASKET PROBLEMS CONSTANTLY. You can't compare apples to oranges as far as work goes. My family's vehicle service record shuts anyone up that thinks they know cars. I'll admit GM screwed alot of people with stuff that was inferior in the 80's and 90's, and they have also helped more than they hurt. Saturns have been built in tenessee, pontiacs are built in michigan, my dads new trailblazer was built here in Ohio, all the vans are built here(including the fords). The only GM product i have that isn't built in america is my camaro that was built in canada. All i can say from an experienced mechanic that has been working on cars since i was young, you will ALWAYS, and i repeat ALWAYS get a better, more dependable life cycle out of a decent american car. There is no comparison in the mechanical aspect from the 1950-1970 or the 1996-present American cars(aside from the vettes camaros and mustangs which are always better cars than a cavalier). 70's and 80's american cars were not very good but still our 1974, 1976, 1979 gmc vans where excellent 450k mile vehicles. as well as a 1983 chevy that was retired with 395k. Toyota doesn't have a comparable vehicle to any of our working class vehicles like a silverado or f series pickup, or our GM vans or ford econolines. Toyota has a pickup truck that is a half ton, which is worthless, that is nothing more than a corolla with a truck body. As americans we should be proud of what we have done in this industry. We invented cars, found ways to build them cheap, and ultimately, we constantly perfect the best vehicles on the earth. With regular maintanence a good GM will outlast anything on the road including chrysler and ford.

Jmomo

My comment continued: A young girl that works for me drives cars her dad gives her because her dad is a mechanic and he works only on foreign cars. She drives these hondas and acuras to work for a little while with 180k on them and they aren't around long and they break. HEAD GASKET PROBLEMS CONSTANTLY. You can't compare apples to oranges as far as work goes. My family's vehicle service record shuts anyone up that thinks they know cars. I'll admit GM screwed alot of people with stuff that was inferior in the 80's and 90's, and they have also helped more than they hurt. Saturns have been built in tenessee, pontiacs are built in michigan, my dads new trailblazer was built here in Ohio, all the vans are built here(including the fords). The only GM product i have that isn't built in america is my camaro that was built in canada. All i can say from an experienced mechanic that has been working on cars since i was young, you will ALWAYS, and i repeat ALWAYS get a better, more dependable life cycle out of a decent american car. There is no comparison in the mechanical aspect from the 1950-1970 or the 1996-present American cars(aside from the vettes camaros and mustangs which are always better cars than a cavalier). 70's and 80's american cars were not very good but still our 1974, 1976, 1979 gmc vans where excellent 450k mile vehicles. as well as a 1983 chevy that was retired with 395k. Toyota doesn't have a comparable vehicle to any of our working class vehicles like a silverado or f series pickup, or our GM vans or ford econolines. Toyota has a pickup truck that is a half ton, which is worthless, that is nothing more than a corolla with a truck body. As americans we should be proud of what we have done in this industry. We invented cars, found ways to build them cheap, and ultimately, we constantly perfect the best vehicles on the earth. With regular maintanence a good GM will outlast anything on the road including chrysler and ford.

Jmomo

My family owns a business that requires us to use vans as our most viable source of transporting our goods. we have been in business since 1959. All of the vans run at least 5 hours a day without being shutoff at any stop(so the starters last hundreds of thousands of miles). I am the mechanic and i had to put a set of head gaskets in a chevy van that was a 1 ton 4.3 vortec with 320k miles on it because the thermostat stuck(which can happen to any car) and my driver didn't catch it until the needle was burried and the van was shooting out antifreeze. We also have in our fleet a 1997 chevy van 2500 with 290k, a 1989 chevy g10 that has 410k, and two years ago we retired a 1985 chevy g10 with 517k miles on it(still runs, it is too ugly now to use for the company) we also have two ford vans, a 1997 and 1999 econoline 2500. one has 260k the other has 310k. the fords have had to have front end work and new steering boxes about every 130k. This problem has been corrected in the newer vans. I just put ball joints in the 1989 chevy with 410k a couple weeks ago and THEY WERE THE FACTORY BALL JOINTS. The GM vehicles are the best for daily abuse and they take it 365 days a year rain, snow, or shine(company based in ohio). I was fortunate enough to be given a corvette by my father when i turned 16 and for the past 10 years i have driven it about 15 times a year and it is as reliable as a new one(it has about 50k miles on it). i also have an 1968 oldsmobile 98 with 40k original miles on it. it was my grandfathers and it runs flawlessly, again, as dependable as a 2010. I bought a 1995 camaro in 2002 with 38k miles on it and what a fun car. It has a corvette lt1 and it is fun to drive. It now as of november 2009 has almost 70k miles on it and i haven't driven it but 20 times a year for the past couple years because i have decided i'm giving it to my kids so i want to keep the miles down. It does have a little motor work and a Carl Rossler 4l60-e tranny(Runs 11.4 in the quarter with 4.10's in a stock GM 10bolt posi with tons of racing miles on it) but it has been an awesome car(never seen rain or snow). My younger sister drives a 2004(i think) grand am with 80k miles and it has been flawless. My girlfriend at the time, now my wife, had a nice 2002 nissan pathfinder that she drove for a while until the wheel broke off sideways from a wore out tie rod end at 130k miles. What a piece of junk it was. It rode nice but honda, toyota, nissan, those brands aren't built as tough as our stuff.

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